Review: The King’s Men, Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral

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The quality of choral scholars at King’s College, Cambridge never seems to vary. Certainly no nightingale could sing better than the current group, performing in concert as The King’s Men.

Yes, their programme did include A Nightingale Sang (in close harmony) – as well as music by Renaissance masters performed with ardent, reverent sonority, and a glorious account of Durufle’s chaste setting of Ubi Caritas. Fun led the way after the first quarter of the programme.

An arrangement of The Mermaid, with navy officer falling overboard, seemed to strike a familiar chord with the Portsmouth audience (can’t think why).

One of the seven male singers somehow had to impersonate Sandy in Grease and the Princess in Disney’s Aladdin: step forward a sporting Patrick Dunachie whose rich, soaring alto was a joy throughout the programme.

The singers had a break in each half when King’s organ scholar Douglas Tong showed not only humour in one word but thrilling keyboard virtuosity: Durufle’s Toccata – wow!